Missing pet skunk reunited with owner after surviving on bird seed in DIY store

Staff made Tilikum a makeshift home with a tray of water and some hay to hide in.

10/23/2021 2:00:00 PM

Staff made Tilikum a makeshift home with a tray of water and some hay to hide in.

Staff made Tilikum a makeshift home with a tray of water and some hay to hide in.

The skunk survived by eating bird seed that had fallen off a table (Picture: SWNS)A runaway skunk has been rescued and reunited with his owner after making his way into a NottinghamshireDIYstore.Staff at B&Q in Worksop were opening up on Monday morning when they saw a flash of black and white dart across the ground outside the shop.

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They cornered and confined the skunk, named Tilikum, in a pallet trolley before calling the RSPCA for help.The animal, which had been missing for a week, survived by eating bird seed that had fallen off a table.The charity’s rescuer inspector Dan Bradshaw said: ‘They’d made him feel quite at home with a tray of water and some hay to hide in, and even left a note on his makeshift cage asking other staff arriving for work to be quiet so as not to wake him from his snooze. It was very sweet.’

He added: ‘Thankfully he didn’t seem to find his capture too alarming and hadn’t released his spray in defence, otherwise it would have been a much smellier rescue mission!’After making enquiries in the local area, Dan was able to track down the skunk’s owner, and he advised getting the pet microchipped. headtopics.com

Rescuer inspector Dan Bradshaw tracked down the pet’s owner (Picture: RSPCA)While native to North and Central America, skunks are wild animals which are sometimes kept and traded as pets in Britain.The RSPCA said it has dealt with a number of call-outs to stray pet skunks which have escaped or been deliberately released to the wild in recent years. It is an offence to release a non-native species.

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